Ryszard Zebrak, MD – Medical Director

As the Medical Director for Contemporary Family Services, my responsibilities include the assessment and treatment (medication management, individual and group psychotherapy) of adult patients, and working as part of a team to develop comprehensive, patient-centered treatment and support plans, as well as the supervision and training of our medical staff, including other psychiatrists.
My medical training began at the Medical University of Silesia, Katowice Ul, in Katowice, Poland, graduating as a Doctor of Medicine with Honors. I completed my Internship, and Internal Medicine Residency Training at Public Hospital, City of Tychy UI, Tychy, Poland, followed by a Second Degree Specialization in Internal Medicine from the Medical Center of Postgraduate Education, Warsaw, Poland. I completed both my Psychiatry Residency Training and my Psychiatry Externship at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington, DC. I have presented at The American Psychiatric Association’s 157th Annual Meeting: A Prospective, Longitudinal Study of Seasonality in African Students Living in the Greater Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area, later published in Scientific World Journal 2007; 7:577-583. Also published in been published in Molecular Psychiatry 2005;  10(3):225-235.: Tree Pollen Peaks are Associated with Increased Nonviolent Suicide In Women.
Why Mental Health? I used to have the highest level of specialty in Internal Medicine and have been practicing in such for a decade. I had an epiphany once, that part of mental illness is virtually no different from general medicine, and recent scientific data confirmed my previous reservations to psychiatry, which I thought before was only psychological. It has been a pleasure to be able to serve and help a population, which is at a big disadvantage due to the downdrift in the social ladder and inability to function, when symptomatic. In order to be successful, you must love what are you doing, even devotion is not enough at times. Presentation: “Fight for Your Patients”.